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Archives for January 2012

Candidate Forums

In light of village elections on March 6, 2012, the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the following candidate forums at the Angel Fire Community Center.

Councilor Candidate Forum

  • Tuesday, February 21, 2012 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Mayoral Candidate Forum

  • Thursday, February 23, 2012 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Please submit your suggested forum questions to the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce no later than February 3, 2012 in written format. You may email them to or bring them by the Chamber office in Centro Plaza, 3407 Mountain View Blvd.

The submitted suggested questions will be reviewed by a Forum Questions Committee to be presented to the candidates by a Moderator at the scheduled forums. Please plan to attend.

Roadrunner Tours Says, “I Know Jo”, Do You?

By Jo Mixon

This week our featured I Know Jo business is Roadrunner Tours.

Last night Sheila and I from the Chamber of Commerce, my son Marcus, her husband Burt, and a couple of other friends were treated to a Chamber of Commerce appreciation Sleigh Ride and Cowboy Dinner by Nancy Burch of Roadrunner Tours. If you remember, last summer Nancy taught me how to ride a horse. Since then I have wanted to experience her sleigh ride dinner evening.

The ride began at the stables on the Elliott Barker Ranch, where Gunter Heinrichs, the main cowboy at Roadrunner Tours, met us. He introduced us to sleigh horses, Melvin and Jock. Melvin is a white full-blooded Percheron. Jock is a Belgian, Percheron mix. Percherons are noted for their heavy muscles, ruggedness, and power. The mere size of these draft horses is stunning! But they are certainly gentle giants. Nancy notes that she puts just as much care and effort into matching the team of horses that pull her sleighs as she does when she matches horse to rider in the summertime. She says to have a good team there should be one calm and easygoing horse matched with another physically and mentally strong horse. A Socrates and a Hercules so to speak, and then you get a dynamic duo!

We loaded into the sleigh under thick blankets of buffalo hides to keep us toasty warm even with a wind chill factor of minus three degrees. We meandered throughout the Carson National Forest talking, laughing, and admiring the breathtaking scenery of the Moreno Valley below us. As we approached the outdoor cowboy camp nestled in an open dale above the meadow, we could smell the aroma of Nancy’s home cooking. She greeted us with her million-dollar smile. Appetizers consisted of melt-in-your mouth elk tacos and hot chocolate. Once inside the sturdy fire warmed dinning room tent, we were served an authentic cowboy dinner of steak, potatoes, and beans. It couldn’t have been better!

On our sleigh ride back, Burt held a gas-lit lantern for Gunter as the horses made their way through the snow. The stars sparkled brilliantly above us. The ambience, the food, the sleigh ride, and our cowboy hostess made this a truly memorable adventurous evening that I would highly recommend.

Roadrunner Tours offers horse drawn sleigh ride venues of breakfast, lunch, and dinner trips during the winter season. Why not spend a morning, an afternoon, or an evening to experience the fun yourself?

For more information call Roadrunner Tours at 575-377-6416 or visit

Shuter Library Benefit Ball

Mardi Gras With Your Valentine

When: Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Where: Angel Fire Country Club

Join us for heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, dancing, plus a live and silent auction.

Tickets are available at Shuter Library, REMax/Bella Tierra, Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, Angel Fire Visit’s Center and Angel Fire Country Club.

For more information or to sponsor a table please call 575-377-2443 or 575-377-6223.

Disco Night!

Good food, refreshing drinks and groovy tunes! Plus no cover!

When: Friday, January 6, 2011 from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm

Where: Angel Fired Pizza, 3375 Mountain View Blvd, Angel Fire, NM 87710

Put on those dancing shoes and come down to AFP!

Recycle Your Old Christmas Lights

Please bring all of your old Christmas lights that do not work by the Chamber office and we will recycle them to help support the Children’s Cancer Fund.

For your old Christmas lights that DO work but you want to update, we could use them next year!

Please feel free to bring them to the Chamber office at 3407 Mountain View Blvd. in Centro Plaza.

“I Know Jo” Reflections Of 2011

By Jo Mixon

When I came to work at the Chamber in June of 2011 as membership manager, the Board of Directors challenged me that we needed a marketing campaign, which would jump-start and revitalize the membership. The catch, there were no funds. I put my thinking cap on and the ” I Know Jo” campaign was born. The idea is that you invite me to your business and market to me. We thought it would go on for a few weeks and then we’d move on to another idea. But after featuring 28 businesses so far, it has taken on a life of its own. I love being a part of it! I have met the most interesting people plus we have been able to promote their businesses to you.

First I met Minnette Burges and her husband Alan Huerta at Cimarroncita getting to experience their unique historical venue. Then I was rushed down the Rio Grande for chills and adventure while white water rafting with Los Rios River Runners. I was treated to an authentic Cowboy Evening by the Lewis family out at Bobcat Pass, learned to ride a horse from Nancy Burch at Roadrunner Tours as I now aspire to be a Giddy Up Girl, and I joined the pros at ReMax/Bella Tierra for their annual appreciation cookout and open houses. I was educated in high altitude gardening by the Angel Fire Garden Club, played Disc Golf on the 18-hole course at the top of the Chile Express with Donald of The Angel Fire Resort Disc Golf Course, and I was fed delicious original recipes at Hatcha’s Grill.

Next I was encouraged to leave the pavement to get off the road for a spirited adventure at Red River Jeep Rental. I spent time with the staff at Angel Fire Visitor’s Center and was able to ride in a hot air balloon at Summerfest. (Mark that one off my bucket list!) I was fascinated with the art of making pottery and got to watch a midnight firing at Enchanted Circle Pottery and if that’s not enough I was then invited to attend the opening reception and marvelous concert with Music from Angel Fire. Voted Best of Angel Fire in three categories, Angel Fire Homes and Construction and Property Management made me feel like family, I learned what all goes on behind the scenes in home appraisals from Jeff and Samantha Weeks of Angel Fire Appraisers, Inc., and I got to know Ronda Harvey of Accounting Associates who is new to Angel Fire and the Chamber.

Then I was given a personal tour at Stray Hearts Animal Shelter of Taos, wanted to adopt all the animals, and learned from Dave Noll that Stray Arts Gallery gives 100% of their profits to the shelter. I took water color therapy from Katherine McDermott of the Angel Fire Artspace, learned all my legal real estate and title needs can be met at Pioneer Title and Escrow the Law offices of Richard W. Norris, and visited with Bill Jarski and Kelly Gedes amidst the beautiful quality products they sell in their three showrooms at Mountain Comfort Furnishings & Design/Taos.

The following week I went on location to learn how to put in flooring with the guys from C and C Flooring and Construction of Angel Fire. I attended the Kick Off event for the Alliance Studying Paranormal Experience 2011 Symposium and Film Festival, attended the Research & Marketing Conference in Albuquerque put on by TANM, of which we are a member, and I was amazed by the efficiency and work ethic of the crew in Mountain Reservations at the Angel Fire Resort. I learned that Angel Fired Pizza is passionate that each bite of each slice of their pizza is not only tasty but the ingredients balanced.

I left sweaty from Angel Fire Physical Therapy after I learned the importance of core body strength and balance which was definitely challenged when I took a cross country skiing lesson From Christine Tohama at the Angel Fire Resort’s new Nordic Center. I was happy to meet with the folks at Kokopelli Property Management and hear their story and then also very excited to learn how to make an espresso, treated to a Dirty Chai Tea and designer cup cakes at Roxanne Wride’s new business Espresso Lounge and Gallery.

Whew, what a wonderful time I have had this past year getting to know so many of the businesses that support the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce. With a membership upwards of 200, there are many more yet to visit. I want you to know it has been an honor! If we haven’t yet featured your business, give me a call at 575-377-6353. We’ll put you on the schedule. Until then, Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Jo Mixon
Executive Director
Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce

Fuzzy Up For Adoption

Fuzzy is a Yorkshire Terrier mix that was rescued from a shelter in Florida and currently has a foster mom who cannot keep him. He is a sweet lovable guy who gets along really well with young children and adults and other dogs. He needs someone who can give him more time and attention to keep him out of mischief and can work with him on housetraining.

He would do well in a house with children and other pets. He likes to dig and mark his territory, but was recently neutered so that may improve with time. Fuzzy would make you a wonderful companion if you have the time to spend with him. Call Sherry Wall at 575-776-2635 for more information on Fuzzy.